iiNet and games.on.net have negotiated something special for Diablo 3 playing customers.
By Tim Colwill on March 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm
Diablo 3 players across Australia have seen amazingly low pings in the last day or two, leading many to suspect that Blizzard has finally installed Australian servers — a fact officially confirmed tonight at a Blizzard event in Sydney.
That sounds like great news already, but it’s about to get even better…
Blizzard and games.on.net have negotiated a peering arrangement for iiNet customers.
What does this mean? It means that we’ve set up a behind-the-scenes system to ensure that Diablo 3 players on iiNet, Internode, Adam or any of our other ISPs get faster, prioritised traffic to these new servers.
These new servers are located in a data centre in Sydney, and are now fully scaled-up and operational. It’s the first time that the company has ever hosted server in Australia, and games.on.net and iiNet are here to help you make the most of it on day one. You’ll automatically switch to them when you load up the game, but don’t worry — you’ll still be able to play with your friends in the Americas and beyond.
Everything — friends lists, gold, items –will remain exactly as it was. The only difference you’ll notice is a faster ping, and an even faster one if you’re with us here at iiNet.
What about my hardcore characters?
Blizzard acknowledges that playing a hardcore character with bad latency is frustrating, and so they’ve ruled that hardcore characters from ANZ can only play on the Australian servers.
What about Blizzard’s other games?
Unfortunately, in typical Blizzard fashion, the company is staying very tight-lipped about its future plans, and we were unable to sweet-talk any further information out of its people (but not for lack of trying).
With faster traffic to Diablo 3, quota-free downloads from Xbox LIVE and Steam, and even more on the way, we’re very proud to proclaim that iiNet is the number one ISP for gamers in Australia.